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Deacon Steven L. Hayes

Obituary for Deacon Steven L. Hayes

March 29, 1946 - August 20, 2021
Fox Lake, Wisconsin | Age 75


Deacon Steven L. Hayes, Sr., age 75, of Fox Lake, died Friday, August 20, 2021 at the William S. Middleton Veterans Memorial Hospital in Madison.

Visitation for Steve will be at Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Sunday, August 29, 2021 from 3:00 pm to 5:50 pm. The rosary will be recited at 6:00 pm. There will also be visitation at church on Monday from 10:00 am to 10:50 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Annunciation Catholic Church in Fox Lake on Monday, August 30, 2021 at 11:00 am. Inurnment will be at Annunciation Cemetery on a later date.

Steven Lee Hayes was born on March 29, 1946 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the late Gerald W. and Geraldine L. (nee Reck) Hayes. He was baptized at Gesu Church in Milwaukee and grew up at Immaculate Conception Church and School in Milwaukee. Steve served as a paratrooper in the US. Army from 1963 to 1966. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division and was stationed in Vietnam from 1965 to 1966. On April 29, 1967, Steve was united in marriage with Karen Mae McDermid at St. Alexander Church in Milwaukee. He worked as an accountant for 30 years at Libby McNeil and Libby/Seneca Foods. He also served as a chaplain for Mercy Hospice/Agrace Hospice. On July 23, 2004, Steve was ordained as a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of Madison and served at Nativity of Mary Parish in Janesville WI. He incarnated into the Milwaukee Arch Diocese in 2016 and was currently serving since 2012 at Annunciation Parish in Fox Lake and St. Joseph in Waupun. Steve previously served on the Jaycee's board of directors in Hartford. He was a member of the Lincoln Fellowship of Wisconsin, the Knights of Columbus, and the American Legion. Steve was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church in Fox Lake and the St. Vincent DePaul Society St. Katharine Drexel Conference.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Hayes of Fox Lake; three children, Steven Jr. (Kim) of Milwaukee, Michelle Dickson (Keith Bogk) of Milton, and Nicole (Pete) Anderson of Fort Atkinson; four grandchildren, Dominic (Amber) Anderson of Fort Atkinson, Nia Dickson (Isaac Decker) of Janesville, Trevor Dickson of Brookfield, Shawn Poole (Jericca Newby) of Whitewater; four great grandchildren, Oliver Anderson, Margaret Lucas and Eleanor Lucas, all of Fort Atkinson, and Elijiah Newby of Whitewater; five siblings, Mark (Gabriele) Hayes of The Villages, FL, Susan Freiheit of Sussex, Diane (John) Henry of Pewaukee, Brian Hayes of Grafton, and Nancy (Tony) Dercola of Waukesha; other relatives and friends. Steve was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alton & Arlene McDermid; a sister-in-law, Maureen "Beany" Doherty-Hayes; and a brother-in-law, Roy Notz.


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